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Review #3: "Rurouni Kenshin" (Trilogy)

Review #3: "Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy"

NOTE: SPOILERS. This is an overall review of Rurouni Kenshin (2012), Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, and of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Also, my reviews are all just my opinion, that you may or may not agree with. I try to be fair and not biased, and always give pros and cons to keep things in perspective.


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My Overall Rating:
4 out of 5 stars


Plot: http://asianwiki.com/Rurouni_Kenshin

I decided not to split my review to accomodate each part, but just to give my overall thought on the whole trilogy.
First of all, since this movie was based on the famous manga and anime (and I'm a fan of both), it is inevitable to compare them with either one. But I tried to do that while at the same time keeping in mind that this film should stand on its own. So looking at the overall film, this big screen adaptation is definitely worth watching. But first, I want to adress the pros and cons in regards to each factor of the film:

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Review #2: "Shitsuren Chocolatier"

NOTE: SPOILERS. Also, my reviews are all just my opinion, that you may or may not agree with. I try to be fair and not biased, and always give pros and cons to keep things in perspective.

Review #2: "Shitsuren Chocolatier"

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My Rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars


Plot: http://asianwiki.com/Heartbroken_Chocolatier_(Shitsuren_Chocolatier)

Out of everyone from Arashi, it's Jun-kun's dramas & movies that I look forward to the most. Maybe because he's my ichiban. Or maybe it's because out of the five, he's the one who takes on the most projects involving romance. So when I heard that he's starring in another romantic drama, I was so excited. Little did I know that I would be dissapointed.
Of course, throughout the drama, Jun-kun looked so handsome. But boy, his character was just so excruciating to watch. Actually most of the character's in the story were excruciating to watch. Sota who is blindly obsessed with Saeko-san, just wasn't believable. And then there's Saeko who is just a crazy, cruel vixen, who is so annoying that I didn't feel an ounce of sorry for her when her husband started abusing her (which I know is cold, but that's how annoying she was lol). Then there's Kaoruko-san, who was a character that I actually liked in the beginning, but she also ended up being annoying towards the end. And please dont get me started on Kato Shigeaki's character Sekiya who had no substance and no real significance whatsoever to the plot. The only thing that really got me watching until the end was the relationship between Sota and Elena. They really had chemistry, and I ended up rooting that they end up together in the end because Sota was best and was himself whenever he was with Elena. But...... I was gravely dissapointed :(
I understand that the title bears the inevitable, that Sota is a heartbroken chocolatier, but come on, he was already heartbroken throughout the whole drama, why not finally give it a happy ending? Or at least some promising ending that he will no longer be heartbroken.
Maybe they're still waiting for the ongoing manga to end, that's why they left it at that ending. If that's the case, then there better be a sequel or at least an SP in the future.

PROS:
- The tasty looking chocolates.
- Mizobata Junpei as Olivier looking hot.
- The good chemistry between Matsumoto Jun and Mizuhara Kiko.

CONS:
- Unnecessary Sekiya character.
- Annoying Saeko-san!
- Unfinished plot.

CONCLUSION: This drama left me heartbroken :(

RECOMMENDATION: I would recommend it only to those who are a fan of the actors acting in this drama. Otherwise, skip it.
Once again, here's a poll dedicated to the wonderful Matsumoto Jun, who is such a diva, that he changes his hair more often than most women. But then again, that's why we all adore him, ne?

So here's my part two of MatsuJun's many hairstyles:

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Arashi Wallpaper:

My first post of Arashi wallpaper!
The pix are from the magazine With 2011.09 (courtesy of saobang1990)

Here's the preview:



Here are the download links:

1024x640 - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?83hym03o3c23gtn

1600x1000 - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?bsbvdvigaypml95

Hope you like 'em!^^

Review #1: "Freeter, Ie wo Kau"

So I've been quite inactive in posting on my LJ page for a while now. Although I'm still actively keeping up with Arashi, I want to also be active in posting things on my LJ page. So i was thinking of starting something that i can regularly add on, like a "series" kind of thing. What I came up with is doing movie, drama, and music reviews. They'll be mostly of movies & dramas that I've watched in the past, but also of more recent ones. Of course, as first and foremost an Arashian, I will start with reviewing Arashi-related dramas & movies^^,
NOTE: SPOILERS. Also, my reviews are all just my opinion, that you may or may not agree with. I try to be fair and not biased, and always give pros and cons to keep things in perspective.

Review #1: "Freeter, Ie wo Kau"

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(This is actually a repost of a review I did before lol, but it's been modified a little..)
My Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

Plot: http://asianwiki.com/Freeter,_Ie_wo_Kau

Truthfully, I put off watching this drama for a long time because it just didn't interest me. With dramas I usually prefer romance or comedy (or both), that's why a home-drama/human drama just didn't appeal to me.
But I still took a chance on it since Nino's the lead actor...and I must say, once I started it, I just kept on going.
The story is really timely with the economy, how hard it is to find a job and overcoming other obstacles that come along. On top of that, the actor's were pretty good. Of course, Nino's acting never dissapoint, but as well as his co-stars, especially the actors that played his parents, they did their role superbly.
PROS:
-Stellar and convincing acting from the cast (especially Nino.)
-Takenake Naoto did a superb job as the irratating father. (He even got on my nerves lol)
-Both the overall plot and characters are relatable.
CONs:
-The whole side story about the dad, Seichii's "possible affair" was kind of unnecessary, didnt really add any more depth to the story or character. I think they could left that out and revealed his feeling's towards his children from a more believable angle.

So for those hesitating to watch it, I highly recommend it and also the SP, and really, up 'til the end, it doesn't dissapoint^^

Song Meme:

Well this is sort of part two of my first MeMem, this time, ONLY Arashi songs (wasabisushi404's suggestion):

Directions was:
1. Put your Itunes, Windows Media Player,etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3 .YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 20 friends. (sorry, I skipped this one.....)
5 .Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have fun!


1. If someone says "Are you okay?", you say?
Natsu no Namae

2. How would you describe yourself?
Circus (Yes, I have a bit of wild freakiness in me, i guess)

3.What do you like in a guy/girl?
Rock With Me [Jun's solo] (Oh Yeah!)

4. How do you feel today?
Mukae ni Iku yo ("That I'm going to meet the "me" of tomorrow~")

5. What is your life's purpose?
Sirius ("Itami mo kanashimi mo zenbu dakishimetai"-Even the pain and the grief, I want to embrace them all)

6. What's your motto?
Rain [Ohno's solo] (Eh~ no fun..)

7. What do your friends think of you?
Asu ni Mukatte Hoero (at least I'll roar at tomorrow, not at them..)

8. What do your parents think of you?
Kotoba Yori Taisetsuna Mono

9. What do you think very often?
Jidai (Our generation!)

10. What is 2+2?
Wish (When you learn how to add, all your wishes will come true!)

11. What do you think of your best friend?
Crazy Ground no Ousama

12. What is your life story?
La Familia [Jun's solo] (So perfect for this question)

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Firefly (May I please become a bug that glows-in-the dark, pretty please!)

14. What do you think when you see a person you like? Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki
(HaHaHa-this is so true ne)

15. What will you dance at on your wedding?
Arashi no Mae no Shizukesa (This'll be fun to dance, we'll dance like jellyfishes^^)

16. What will they play at your funeral?
Be With You (I so happy, this is actually what I would pick out of all the Arashi songs)

17. What is your hobby/interest?
Sketch (I do love art and drawing hehe)

18. What is your biggest fear?
Love So Sweet (Aww...not cool...)

19. What is your biggest secret?
Boom Boom (hahaha you know it!)

20. What do you want right now?
GoriMuchuu (Fine today!)

21. What do you think of your friends?
Hello Goodbye (Aiba's solo) ....

22. What will you name this note?
Boku ga Boku no Subete (Perfect name!)

Tags:

Song Meme:

I don't usually do Memes, but since I got tagged by kt_pride, I'll give it a shot:

Directions was:
1. Put your Itunes, Windows Media Player,etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3 .YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 20 friends. (sorry, I skipped this one.....)
5 .Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have fun!


1. If someone says "Are you okay?", you say?
"Amazing" by Josh Kelley

2. How would you describe yourself?
"Tsuyogari" by Mr. Children (wow, I guess I put up a false front/bluff, that's pretty bad hehe)

3.What do you like in a guy/girl?
"Sky" by Ayaka (this has like no connection to the question)

4. How do you feel today?
"Only Yesterday" by Taken by Trees (hahaha soo ironic ne)

5. What is your life's purpose?
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran (Huh?!?!?)

6. What's your motto?
"A Momentary Lapse of Reason (On the Turning Away)" by Pink Floyd (This is actually sometimes true;)

7. What do your friends think of you?
"Rabbit Heart [Raise It Up]" by Florence + The Machines

8. What do your parents think of you?
"Matinee" by Franz Ferdinand (yeaahh...I don't think my parents think of me as a matinee...hehe)

9. What do you think very often?
"Pikanchi Double" by Arashi (the lyrics & meaning in this song actually suits this question)

10. What is 2+2?
"I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey (Yes, whatever your Math teacher taught you is wrong, 2+2 equals "I'll be There")

11. What do you think of your best friend?
"Only Human" by K (This is true though, i mean, it's not like my best friend's a dog;)

12. What is your life story?
"Do You Know Me?" by John Mayer

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Always Be My Baby" by David Cook (yes, when I grow up, I want to always be a Baby!)

14. What do you think when you see a person you like?
"What I Wouldn't Do" by A Fine Frenzy (beautiful song...but I would dedicate this for someone I love)

15. What will you dance at on your wedding?
"Sway" by Bic Runga (opposite to what the title says, this is actually not a danceable song, especially for a wedding hehe)

16. What will they play at your funeral?
"Staying Alive" by Bee Gees (Hahahaha seriously though, I didn't cheat here:)

17. What is your hobby/interest?
"Come Dancing" by the Kinks (I do like dancing..)

18. What is your biggest fear?
"Midori" by Greeeen (haha and Green is my fav color too...)

19. What is your biggest secret?
"The Edge Of Chaos ~Ai no Ichigeki~" by Fukuyama Masaharu (don't ask...)

20. What do you want right now?
"Deep River" by Utada Hikaru

21. What do you think of your friends?
"With A Little Love" by Harem Scarem (I'm a little confused now actually...;)

22. What will you name this note?
"Life Is A Highway" by Rascal Flatts (Not a bad name ne)

That was fun and interesting! I'm just disappointed that there was only one Arashi song that came up:(
I'm not gonna tag anyone, but try it for yourself, it's actually really fun.

Writer's Block: Oodles of noodles

What is your favorite go-to pasta dish?

For me it's definitely Fettuccine Alfredo!! I've never gone wrong with that dish, easy to make too.

Writer's Block: Study break

What was/is your favorite class?

I know many dread it, a lot of people hate it, but I love learning it.
Yes, that equation equals MATH.

Happy Anniversary ARASHI!!